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Canberra Community Chest

The Canberra Racing Club is thrilled to announce the launch of the Canberra Community Chest, an innovation race that will see 12 local charities and community groups racing with 12 equine heroes for their share of a $50,000 charity chest.

To be held on Saturday, 25 November, the Canberra Community Chest will be run as a Quality Open Handicap over 1400m and is worth $250,000, with $200,000 prizemoney pool and $50,000 to be shared between the 12 charity and community partners with a meaningful connection to the Canberra region.

The selection of charity and community partners will be made by an independent committee with Canberra Business Chamber Chair Archie Tsirimokos, Region Media’s Group Editor Genevieve Jacobs AM and Clubs ACT’s Operations Manager Kate Palmer have been tasked with determining the most appropriate partners.

The panel will select 11 partners with all remaining eligible partners then going for a people’s choice award to determine the final beneficiary. 

Each of the charity partners will be invited to a Black-Tie event prior the Canberra Community Chest where a representative will draw the equine hero racing for their charity.

On Monday, 9 October, the Canberra Racing Club announced the first 11 partners, selected by the independent selection committee:

  • ACT Volunteer Brigades Association
  • Belconnen Magpies Football Club
  • Canberra Hospital Foundation
  • Good Omen Goodeze Inc
  • Lifeline Canberra
  • Riding for the Disabled of the ACT Incorporated (Pegasus)
  • Roundabout Canberra
  • The Daniela Dwyer Foundation  
  • The Ricky Stuart Foundation
  • Western District Rugby Union Football Club
  • Win the Day 

The 12th and final final partner as decided by the community in the People's Choice Award is:

  • Rise Above - Capital Region Cancer Relief
Thursday, 7 SeptemberApplications for Canberra Community Chest opens
Wednesday, 27 SeptemberApplications for Canberra Community Chest close
Monday, 9 October11 Charity Partners are announced & public vote for remaining eligible applicants opens
Friday, 10 NovemberPublic vote for remaining eligible applicants closes 
Wednesday, 22 NovemberCanberra Community Chest Black Tie – partners randomly select their horse
Saturday, 25 November Canberra Community Chest 

Voting has now closed


Thank you for your votes. The 12th Charity Partner will be announced soon.